RSAA Colloquia / Seminars / Feast-of-Facts: Tuesday, 09 August 2016, 11:00-12:00; Duffield Lecture Theatre

Robi Banerjee

"Star formation out of the Magnetised Interstellar Medium"

Magnetic fields are an elemental part of the interstellar medium (ISM) that have a large impact on the dynamics of the ISM on various spatial scales. Here, I’ll talk about the long-standing issue of how to generate magnetically supercritical cloud cores, which are essential to understanding star formation in our own Galaxy. Furthermore on a related issue, I’ll discuss how to circumvent the ’magnetic braking catastrophe’, which was thought to be a major problem for the formation of protostellar discs.